Rampant poaching has left elephants in dire straits. These gentle giants are dying at horrific rates, and if we don't do something now they’ll soon be gone forever.
Months of gestation for baby elephants
Have You Herd?
Elephants are extremely social. They live in matriarchal herds, working together to raise babies, find food, and protect each other. With long gestation periods (lasting up to 22 months) and calves that may not wean until they’re ten years old, populations of these majestic icons are slow to recover.
Years for an elephant to mature.
Tusk to Tusk
The largest land animal is ruthlessly hunted by its one enemy: humans. Elephants and humans have a lot in common when it comes to family units and working together. But elephants have something humans want: ivory. Elephants are being slaughtered for their tusks at skyrocketing rates. Their tusks are made from dentine, the same as human teeth, and sold on the black market for a premium price.
Left or right?
Elephants favor one tusk over the other, much like we do with our hands.
Habitat encroachment is also a problem for elephants. With less available land to forage for food and find water, elephants’ monumental appetites often mean they eat themselves out of house and home, literally. And when they can’t access enough food or find water, they die.
Together, we can
turn things around.™
turn things around.™
One Step at a Time
San Diego Zoo Global works with local communities in Africa to relocate elephants into safer habitats, provide anti-poaching patrols, and combat the ivory trade through alternate sources of income, including conservation work.
Pounds of food an adult elephant typically eats every day.
Working alongside our community conservation partners, we rescue young elephants orphaned in the poaching war, hand-raise and rehabilitate them, and place them safely back in the wild with new herds. We’re also using science to study elephant movements, reproduction, and behavior to ensure these gentle giants are here for generations to come. We can’t do it without your help.
What You Can Do, Right Now
Give $30 today and provide a week of anti-poaching patrols to keep elephants safe.